Trump says he witnessed Harvey devastation ‘first hand’—but he didn’t

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The man cannot help himself.

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The problem: As many, many, many reporters and other eyewitnesses can attest, Donald Trump was nowhere near the “damage” of Hurricane Harvey. He went to Austin and to Corpus Christi. He met with the Texas governor, and he was briefed at a Corpus Christi firehouse. He was in Texas for a total of about three hours.

That’s probably for the best; nobody wants their high-water rescue delayed because the Secret Service needs to commandeer thirty or so flat-bottomed boats for some sightseein’. But Trump could have just said nothing—Trump could always, in these situations, just say nothing—and instead he had to lie to America because it’s some sort of nervous tic. Wake up, brush your teeth, pointlessly lie about something every fact checker or news watcher in America knows is false the minute your pie-hole slams shut again, repeat.

The next step, inevitably, is White House Press Secretary Insert Name Here redefining the entire English language rather than admitting the unpleasant man in the curved-wall room was once again being dishonest.

“He met with a number of state and local officials who are eating, sleeping, breathing the Harvey disaster,” [Sarah Huckabee Sanders] told reporters.

She added that Trump talked “extensively” with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R).

“Who certainly is right in the midst of every bit of this, as well as the mayors from several of the local towns that were hit hardest,” she said.

“And detailed briefing information throughout the day yesterday talking to a lot of the people on the ground — that certainly is a firsthand account.”

By that logic, you could also claim that Donald Trump Has Been To The Moon.